Suspect In UPLB Student’s Rape Nabbed

Laguna Police said on Friday they have arrested the suspect, a tricycle driver in the rape of a student of the University of the Philippines Los Banos.

Laguna Provincial Director Senior Superintendent Florendo Saligao said 26-year-old Jose Montecillo y Vivas, alias “Joey,” was arrested at a relative’s house in Calauan town around 12:45 a.m. Friday.

According to media report, Laguna police chief Senior Superintendent Florendo Saligao told dzBB radio the suspect was arrested at 12:45 a.m. Friday.
Suspect In UPLB Student's Rape Nabbed
Suspect In UPLB Student’s Rape Nabbed © dzBB
Saligao said the suspect was arrested at the house of his aunt in Calauan in Laguna. He stated that the suspect did not ply his route Thursday. He said:
“Hindi ito nanlaban nang siya ay nahuli… sumuko rin agad siya at inamin naman niya.”

Montecillo, 26, allegedly admitted to raping the UPLB student.

Suspect In UPLB Student’s Rape Nabbed
© ANC – Suspect Jose Montecillo (Photo from Francis Faulve, ABS-CBN News)

Saligao explained that police got a break when they learned from Montecillo’s wife, who has just given birth, that she received a letter from Montecillo asking for forgiveness for his crime. He had told her he was going to leave and hide.

Montecillo has five children.

Saligao revealed that the student did not take the tricycle at the tricycle terminal, which is manned by a barangay tanod. But because of the long queue she decided to walk away from the terminal and wait for a tricycle along the way. She was offered a ride by Montecillo while she was walking alone.